Summit | Firn & Fire
L-R: Cay Lang, Vanalyne Green, Dori Atlantis and Sue Boud
Students of the Feminist Art Program, Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno), 1970-71
Pluto in Scorpio Generation - The Transit of Self Injury
I saw a report earlier about rising rates of self harm amongst young adults. While self injury predates the Pluto in Scorpio generation, at this cohort’s transition into adulthood the taboo concept of self harm has been ripped from the underground and thrust into exposure. Pluto is at home in Scorpio and relates to a generation of people born from around 1984-1995; the toxic macabre frequency of the God of the Underground sends accelerated energies through the occult and intense Scorpio, and associates with themes of desolation, transformation and destruction. The Pluto in Scorpio generation came of age during world themes of economic collapse, war, terrorism, crisis, degeneration and intense societal change; and carry the intrinsic urgency to expel all that is taboo into the open. Astrologically labelled as the ‘gloomy generation’; it has been during Pluto in Scorpio’s adolescence and emergence into adulthood that the once enigmatic and unmentionable subject of self harm has become recognised and more widely used in consensual society.
The sign of Scorpio relates to internal desolation and an intensity of emotion; and those born during its transit through Pluto carry a terminal loneliness and cynical and paranoid view of society. While other generations were forced through an economic or employment depression, the depression Pluto in Scorpio battle with is their own. Bouts of melancholy and an obsession with darkness, death and the afterlife characterise this generation - where throughout high school they were donned in chains, listened to death metal and followed the emotional hardcore ideology. During this time, ‘cutting’ clubs, pro SI, music and culture relating to self injury emerged; and for the first time books were written, researches conducted and the mainstream media reported on the overwhelming increase in self harmers and the warning signs of an issue once concealed from public conversation. Scorpio’s role is to revolutionize, and these individuals tend to feel at odds with the world around them; compelled to exercise any destructive means possible to overturn the existing and release the tension within. The world is yet to catch up to Pluto in Scorpio’s vibrations; where the superficiality of mainstream religion remains unfulfilling, the corporate imperialism sickens them and the subterfuge of others has restricted the deeper communion they crave. When the darkness becomes consuming, some born under this generation turn the inflammation inward - and rely on self injury as a coping mechanism; utterly overwhelmed with directing such fierce and destructive energies. Although as a generation, Scorpio here have been pivotal in exposing the conduct of self harm, an innately secretive nature means most will remain private about their actions and endeavour to keep it hidden from the people around them.
The Pluto in Scorpio generation is forced to confront both internal and economic depression; and has been colloquially labelled the ‘death wish children’. Deaths by suicide in this generation are higher than death by combat; and many are forced to experience spiritual death or renewal even multiple times. It is their purpose to submit the opaque questions for society’s consumption where the mainstream media or corporate agenda fails to manipulate. Many were forced onto harsh anti depressants and pharmaceuticals from a young age and grew up during themes of recessions, violence, inflammatory divorce; when restricted issues such as sexual abuse, prostitution, domestic violence and death were thrusted into consciousness. Idealism and illusion is stripped to the core with these individuals, and they stand forward to confront the darkness everyday, living from the soul and desiring to overturn all known convention. The addiction to crime, spirituality, drugs and alcohol or alluring to sorcery is possible with Pluto here, where overwhelming emotion and turbulent inner worlds propel destructive impulses, where they turn the damage they want to inflict upon the world, onto themselves.
My dad was so sad tonight. So I just laid next to him and hugged him and told him that I think he’s doing a great job. I don’t know if he heard me, but I think an encouraging word and physical contact is all we can offer someone sometimes. Then, we just hope that it’s enough to help get them through the dark, lonely nights.
Zion’s National Park
My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel.